Hundreds of people turned up to support a deaf couple, Lydia Banda and Kelvin Misonzi Mwambo who tied the knot in Lilongwe on Saturday with the officiation ceremony and the reception conducted using sign language.
The two tied the knot at Mtima Woyera Catholic Parish followed by a reception at Sanguya Lodge in the outskirts of Area 36 Township.
Kelvin works at Central Poultry’s Dudu Estate in Lilongwe while Lydia is an active member of the Malawi National Association for the Deaf (Manad). She is looking for an educational or professional breakthrough after failing to raise fees for tertiary studies.
Sign language interpreter Madalitso Phiri and director of ceremonies Kelton ‘MC Wotchena’ Kanichi went about their business unperturbed by the challenge as did the well-wishers.
Apart from the couple’s close relatives, well-wishers included medical doctors, Manad officials and members, Maryview School for the Deaf representatives and Area 36 Market vendors where Lydia’s parents sell tomatoes.
Kelvin and Lydia went to Maryview at Nguludi in Chiradzulu where they first met. He attended Chayamba Secondary School in Kasungu while Lydia went to Masongola Secondary School in Zomba.
They bumped into each other again just over a year ago and fell in love.